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Least Chipmunk

Tamius minimus
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Habitat: Open coniferous and aspen forests, sagebrush flats, rocky outcroppings and pastures with small shrubs.

Description: Three dark, and two light stripes on the face, five dark and four light stripes on its body. Overall color is reddish brown. They have extremely long tails compared to body length.

Size: 7.5-11cm, 35-72g

Diet: berries, nuts, seeds, grasses, mushrooms and insects.

Fun Facts: Chipmunks dig underground burrows that are very hard to find, they never leave dirt piles at the entrance.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

area wildlife + plants

Acmon Blue
Plebejus acmon

Habitat:  These butterflies love to lounge by mud puddles

Description:  The Acmon Blue is very similar in appearance to the Melissa Blue.  Both species have dull undersides with an orange band and bright blue inner wings.  However the Acmon blue is typically smaller in size and also has orange band across the inside of its hind wing.

Size:  20-25mm

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